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Ne-Yo writing again for Rihanna; would love to record with Drake


ABC/Richard HarbaughNe-Yo is writing again for Rihanna, and says he’d love to go in the studio with her ex, Drake.

The “Sexy Love” singer took a three-year break from his solo career before releasing his latest album, Good Man, in June, and now he’s also back to working with other artists.

“I just recently did a couple of sessions for Rihanna, we’ll see how that turns out,” he tells ABC Radio. “I’m always down to write for, especially, somebody that I respect. I have the utmost respect for Rihanna [and] Beyonce as artists.”

Ne-Yo enjoyed tremendous success working with Rihanna, co-writing her quadruple-platinum single  “Take A Bow,” her Grammy-nominated hit “Hate That I Love You,” and others.  He also co-wrote one of Beyonce’s biggest hits, “Irreplaceable,” which was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year.  

However, Ne-Yo says another superstar is on his wish list. 

“I would actually love to get in with Drake and just bounce you know, ideas,” he says. “I like how his mind works.”

As a 12-year recording veteran, Ne-Yo is also enjoying the new wave of rhythm and blues artists.  

“There is a surge of really quality R&B music happening right now with the millennials,” he says.

“There’s an artist by the name of H.E.R. She just goes by H.E.R. She’s amazing. Daniel Caesar, he’s young and up and coming up. He’s really ,really good.”  

Georgia SmithElla Mai,” Ne-Yo continues. “There’s a few of them out there.” 

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